tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice dark pour almost oily. nose is licorice, coffee, molasses, and a little alcohol. flavor is nice dark roasted malts, choc, alcohol and coffee, dry finish, well balanced
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz bottle received via trade with porterhouse. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune, date, and smoke. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from porterhouse and served in Expedition IRS snifter: Pitch black with a fading head but a nice oily film. The aroma has notes of massive non-aromatic pipe tobacco and charred malt, star anise, black strap molasses, city roast plus coffee, pepper and a hint of grassy vapours. Slight phenolic action kept the aroma from being a 10.
The taste has aggressive burnt , hop and coffee-like bitterness over a layer of chocolate and sugars. Fruity and molasses twang before the slight spice and herbal finish. The mouth feel is a surprise, very much thinner than one would expect and after it sits in the glass for a while it come off almost flat. Very good nose and solid flavor but that palate just does not match up. Fix that and we have a winner here.
Gethinbeer (2154) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 From bottle. Sweet liquorice aroma. Pours a black syrup. Looses its head very quickly. Liquorice, coffee, slightly roasted chocolate malt in the flavour. Tangy finish. Overall, very good and right on my doorstep.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(341 ml bottle (produced in week 3, April ’07) from the brewery, cellared for 8 mos. after purchase) Pours very, very dark tobacco brown with a small brown head that retreats mostly to edges. Aroma is dominated by molasses along with notes of chocolate, raisins and port. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full, maybe a touch thin for an IS. No real lacing, just some dabs here and there. Flavor is quite chocolatey, esp. at first. Dark chocolate along with molasses and coffee. Portiness not really present in flavor. More molasses as it warms. Alcohol well-hidden. Grassiness present in finish on several quaffs, otherwise this is a pretty fine IS showing a bit of complexity.
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - their bottle. Deep, deep brown (almost black) with a wispy tan head. Big, malty aroma with notes of molasses, dark fruit and toffee. Body is lighter than I expected, but still decent. Flavour is warm and sweet, not too big, with lots of roast and coffee, and a moderately bitter finish. Drinks more like an oatmeal stout than an impy, which is pretty impressive for an 8%er. Nice!
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an oily opaque body with a thin brown, foamy head. Nose is heavily malted soya sauce. Flav our is slick with oily soya, roasted malt and minor cold coffee grounds. Very well balanced and nicely brewed.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle NIG thanx to OKBEER. The pour was thick and oily, with out much head. The small brown head sat on a very deep black body. Nose was caramel and roasted malts and coffee and dark fruits, ahhh nice! There is an immense dryness to this, nice amount of carbonation to help carry the flavors around the mouth, and the mouth feel was heavy and full. I have no trace of the 8%, very nice brew, loved it.
EithCubes (4888) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from porterhouse - thanks! Malty, dark chocolaty, dry and salty aroma. Coffee, roast, and some notes of lactose and chocolate mousse. Pitch pour with a creamy dark brown head. As for taste, dark and roasty, slightly beany, with a salty, very dry finish and aftertaste. Background hint of vanilla. Touch of woody caramel. Body isn’t terribly fat, and at times feels more like medium. Thankfully, not one of those impys that hits you over the head. Smooth and dangerously drinkable. Balanced and delicious!
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [ Courtesy of OKBeer ] Clear dark black color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and light sweet with a long duration. (Bitternes is chocolate / malt bitter, soft and smooth). Body is full to medium, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft. ;o)) (081007)